Film and TV

Top 10 CBS Sitcoms of the 1970s

The '70s happened to be both the first decade of my childhood and the true birth of the modern television sitcom. The comedies of the '70s broke new ground and changed the way Americans would view the short form comedy vehicle. So many of the great shows of the '70s were (and still are) played over and over in syndication, so much so that an entirely new generation were introduced to them again in the '80s (myself included since I was way too young to watch some of these prior to about 1975).

Unlike decades to follow, CBS was at the forefront of the this sea change in TV comedy. Not only was the network extremely popular, but it developed some of the most cutting edge and well loved shows of all time, at least two of which are certainly in the conversation for best sitcom ever made.

Note that to qualify for the list, shows had to have spent the bulk of their lifespan in the decade of the '80s, which disqualifies sitcoms like WKRP in Cincinnati and Alice. It should also be noted that if this were a list of the best COMEDIES, The Carol Burnett Show would rank highly, but it wasn't a sitcom.

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Jeff Balke is a writer, editor, photographer, tech expert and native Houstonian. He has written for a wide range of publications and co-authored the official 50th anniversary book for the Houston Rockets.
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